Patrick C. Greene Unveils Joshua Rex
Joshua Rex is the author of the story
THE WHITE BOY
in the new anthology from Sekhmet Press
Hi Joshua! Thank you for joining me today. Let’s kick off this interview with the most important question. Have you ever encountered a ghost?
When I was a kid, I saw a woman in white in my hallway who I thought was my mother but was not. A few years ago, I filmed a thick mist around a tombstone that I’d done a painting of. Were these ghosts? Who knows. Either way it was interesting.
What kind of music do you listen to for inspiration?
I like instrumental stuff like Rachel’s and Dustin O’Halloran. Also, Henry VIII’s music is pretty fantastic.
Have you ever started a project, felt it run out of steam and had to abandon it?
I think the danger is running out of steam after a project is finished. When you’re done with the work, that’s only half the battle…the other half is getting it out there so it can be read/seen/heard so that it doesn’t become a relic in your closet.
What’s the most shocking book or story you’ve ever read?
AE Van Vogt’s “The Enchanted Village” is a good one. Also, “Pet Sematary”.
Do you remember a particular moment or incident that made you decide to be a writer?
No, but I do remember thinking I was going to have to just give it a go, even if it turned out really bad, because the ideas demanded it. Since then it’s been all about working every day to make it better.
Do you have a certain space and time set aside for writing or is it more of a free-form process?
An hour (revising) every morning, and an hour (writing) every night. I wish both could be tripled…
How would you describe your writing style?
Traditional and straight forward as I can make it, though it usually takes ten drafts to achieve this. I want the work to be story driven, and for myself to be as transparent as possible.
What other sorts of themes or genres would you like to explore?
I’m game for any theme or genre as long as the idea is good and strong enough
Please briefly describe your path to publication.
I wrote the rough draft of a novel in 2011 and then a bunch of short stories afterwards. I started submitting the shorter works to magazines/podcasts/journals in 2012 and was lucky enough to get a piece accepted by Pseudopod.org on my third try!
Who are your favorite fictional antagonist and protagonist and what was it about them that struck a chord for you?
I’d say Hannibal Lector for the antagonist, though he could also be considered a protagonist I suppose. Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea for the protagonist, though I think the same could be said about him as well…
Aside from writing, what is your favorite artistic medium?
I’ve had the most success as a painter, and spent the most time as a musician.
Thanks again for joining me today and letting us get to know you better. I wish you the best of luck with Wrapped In White and all of your future endeavours.
Joshua Rex is a writer, painter, and musician who works with stringed instruments in Boston, MA. His work has appeared on Pseudopod.org, in Death Throes webzine and most recently the anthology ‘Wrapped in White’ from Sekhmet Press. He recently finished a collection of short stories entitled ‘New Monsters’ and is currently revising his first novel.